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Oct. 23, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on CMS Announcement of Practice Transformation Initiative

The American Medical Association applauds Secretary Burwell and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for their new initiative to support practice transformation.

Oct. 21, 2014 - AMA Press Release

Regulatory Nightmare Threatens Care for America’s Seniors

The American Medical Association (AMA) today warned the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about the regulatory tsunami facing America’s physicians that could cut Medicare reimbursements by more than 13 percent by the end of the decade.

Oct. 17, 2014 - AMA Statement

Joint statement from the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association

As our nation’s strategy to address the Ebola virus continues to evolve, hospitals and their partners in nursing and medicine are coming together to emphasize that a solution-oriented, collaborative approach to Ebola preparedness is essential.

Oct. 14, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Provides Blueprint to Improve the Meaningful Use Program

The AMA today released a blueprint for the future of the Meaningful Use program with recommendations to improve Electronic Health Record (EHR) functionality for physicians and improve care for patients.

Oct. 9, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Study Finds WellPoint to be the Largest Health Insurer in Many Local Markets

WellPoint Inc. has a bigger geographic footprint than any other private health insurer in the United States, according to the new annual study of health insurer competition by the AMA.

Oct. 7, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Applauds U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Steps to Improve Diabetes Screening and Help Detect Patients with Prediabetes

The AMA commends the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for amending its recommendations on screening for diabetes based on its review of current best evidence.

Oct. 7, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption Announcement

The AMA is pleased that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken a step towards addressing AMA concerns and has decided to reopen the Meaningful Use hardship submission period.

Oct. 2, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Announces Collaboration with YMCA of St. Petersburg, Pinellas Co. Medical Association to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

The AMA is encouraging St. Petersburg area physicians to participate in a new pilot program aimed at helping their patients prevent type 2 diabetes.

Sept. 30, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on Sunshine Act Data Release

The AMA is committed to transparency and the availability of information for patients to make informed decisions about their medical care, which is why we supported the Sunshine Act.

Sept. 30, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Guide for Media Reporting on “Open Payments” Data Release

The AMA strongly encourages media to consider the following in their coverage to ensure data is indeed presented in an accurate and informative way to help patients understand and interpret the information correctly.

Sept. 22, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Marks Major Milestone in Reshaping Medical Education Nationwide

Leaders from 11 top medical schools convene at Vanderbilt University to discuss next steps in preparing medical students for changing health care landscape, as part of AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative.

Sept. 18, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Awards Research Grants Aimed at Advancing the Study of Women in Medicine

In recognition of Women in Medicine Month, the American Medical Association (AMA)'s Women Physicians Section along with the AMA Foundation today announced the winners of the 2014 Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women.

Sept. 18, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA’s New Fact Sheet for Physicians Aims to Help Ensure Patients Continue to Have Access to Medically Necessary Treatment Under New DEA Rule

The American Medical Association (AMA) released a new fact sheet today to assist physicians in complying with new federal regulations on prescribing hydrocodone and help avoid disruptions in patient care.

Sept. 16, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Calls for Design Overhaul of Electronic Health Records to Improve Usability

Building on its landmark study with RAND Corp. confirming that discontent with electronic health records (EHRs) is taking a significant toll on physicians, the AMA today called for solutions to EHR systems that have neglected usability as a necessary feature.

Sept. 10, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, TN Medical Association and TN Nurses Association Collaborate to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

The AMA, along with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) and the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA), held a summit in Nashville today for area physicians, nurses and other medical professionals to learn about new resources for preventing type 2 diabetes.

Sept. 8, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on Final Rule Regarding Disposal of Controlled Substances

The American Medical Association (AMA) strongly supports the need to remove unused medications from medicine cabinets across the country as an important component of a multipronged effort to prevent prescription drug abuse, drug diversion, overdose and death.

Sept. 5, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Applauds New Effort to Modernize State Medical Licensure

The American Medical Association (AMA) has long supported reform of the state licensure process to reduce costs and expedite applications while protecting patient safety and promoting quality care.

Sept. 2, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Announces Collaboration with SKY Family YMCA, Sarasota County Medical Society to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

The American Medical Association (AMA) is encouraging Venice area physicians to participate in a new pilot program aimed at helping their patients prevent type 2 diabetes.

Aug. 28, 2014 - AMA Press Release

New Shut Down of the Open Payments System Underscores Site is Not Ready for Prime Time

Today’s announcement that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is once again shutting down the Open Payments System adds to the growing concerns that the site is simply not ready to go public.

Aug. 15, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Calls on CMS to Delay Publication of the Sunshine Act Database; More Time Needed for Physicians to Review Data

The AMA is calling on CMS to expand the timeframe for registering and using the Open Payments system to allow physicians adequate time to review and seek correction of inaccurate claims made by pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, and group purchasing organizations under the Sunshine Act.

Aug. 1, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Applauds Congress for Taking Action to Address Veterans’ Access to Medical Care

The American Medical Association (AMA) is pleased that Congress has taken action to ensure veterans can access the health care they need in a timely fashion outside of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Aug. 1, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on FDA Proposal Regarding Diagnostic Testing

The American Medical Association (AMA) believes that laboratory developed testing (LDT) services offer patients access to safe and high quality diagnostic services that are essential to patient care.

July 31, 2014 - AMA Press Release

As Sunshine Registration Deadline Approaches, AMA Continues Push to Help Physicians Register, Review and Dispute Inaccurate Data

With just 27 days before the deadline for physicians to dispute inaccurate reports from pharmaceutical companies and GPOs about their interactions before their publication under the Sunshine Act, the AMA is taking several steps to help physicians overcome the many issues they are having with the electronic system to register, review and dispute inaccurate information.

July 31, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Offers New Resource to Help Physicians with Group Practice Employment Negotiations

As part of its commitment to help physicians navigate evolving issues in medicine, the American Medical Association (AMA) today released a new resource to help physicians negotiate business and legal issues common to group practice employment contracts.

July 29, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Urges Continued Support for Adequate Graduate Medical Education Funding to Meet Future Physician Workforce Needs

In light of the Institute of Medicine’s report on graduate medical education governance and finance released today, the AMA is renewing its commitment to addressing physician shortages in needed specialties and regions to improve access to health care.

July 29, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on Annual Medicare Board of Trustees Report

The AMA is encouraged by the Medicare Board of Trustees decision to assume that future cuts under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, including the scheduled 20.8 percent in 2015, will not go into effect as noted in its annual report released yesterday.

July 28, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Response to Court Ruling on Florida's Gun Gag Law

We are disappointed by the court's ruling to uphold a Florida law that seeks to bar physicians from freely discussing firearm safety with their patients.

July 2, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vital Signs Report Regarding Prescription Drug Abuse and Prevention

"The AMA strongly agrees with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that we need to put a stop to pill mills and illegal prescribing practices."

June 12, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Continues Work to Reshape Medical Education

The AMA called yesterday for improvement of the country's medical education system by creating a more consistent and streamlined process for students to move from medical school to residency.

June 12, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Outlines Ways to Address Physician Shortages

The American Medical Association (AMA) voted yesterday to support innovative education models to protect access to care and address physician shortages in undersupplied specialties and underserved areas.

June 12, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Announces Board of Trustees for 2014-2015

The American Medical Association (AMA) today introduced the 21 members of its Board of Trustees for the coming year following elections held during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

June 11, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Adopts Telemedicine Policy to Improve Access to Care for Patients

The AMA believes that the appropriate use of telemedicine to deliver care to patients could greatly improve access and quality of care, while maintaining patient safety.

June 10, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Adopts New Policies to Improve Health of Nation on Day Two of Voting at Annual Meeting

The AMA, the premier national physician organization, gathered physician and medical student leaders representing all aspects of medicine during its Annual Meeting and today voted to adopt new policies on emerging health care topics.

June 10, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Encourages the Federal Government to Utilize Private Sector Physicians to Help Solve VA Crisis

The AMA today voted to ask President Obama to provide timely access to entitled care for eligible veterans utilizing the health care sector outside of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system until the VA can provide health care in a timely fashion.

June 10, 2014 - AMA Press Release

Robert M. Wah, M.D., Inaugurated as 169th President of AMA

Virginia physician with more than 23 years of military service, Wah’s work in caring for fellow soldiers, women’s healthcare and health information technology brings a broad perspective to his new role.

June 10, 2014 - AMA Press Release

San Francisco Dermatologist Elected to AMA Board of Trustees

The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician organization, announced the election of Jack Resneck Jr., M.D., a dermatologist from San Francisco, Calif., to the Board of Trustees.

June 10, 2014 - AMA Press Release

Massachusetts Physician Elected to AMA Board of Trustees

The AMA announced today the election of Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, M.D., M.P.H., an anesthesiologist, to the AMA Board of Trustees. Dr. Ehrenfeld will serve as the young physician representative to the board of the nation’s largest physician organization.

June 10, 2014 - AMA Press Release

Delaware Physician Stephen Permut Re-Elected to the AMA Board of Trustees

Stephen R. Permut, M.D., a Delaware family physician, has been re-elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation's largest and most influential physician organization.

June 10, 2014 - AMA Press Release

Albuquerque Physician Barbara McAneny Re-Elected to the AMA Board of Trustees

Barbara L. McAneny, M.D., a practicing oncologist from Albuquerque, N.M., has been re-elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association (AMA).

June 10, 2014 - AMA Press Release

Houston Physician Elected to AMA Board of Trustees

The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician organization, announced the election of Russ Kridel, M.D., a facial plastic surgeon from Houston, Texas, to the Board of Trustees.

June 10, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Strengthens Position on Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes

Concerned by the alarming growth in use of electronic cigarettes among minors, the AMA today called for reining in the sale and marketing practices of companies that produce electronic nicotine delivery systems.

June 10, 2014 - AMA Press Release

University of Toledo Physician Carl Sirio Re-Elected to the AMA Board of Trustees

Carl A. Sirio, M.D., a practitioner of critical care medicine and medical educator at the University of Toledo, has been re-elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation's largest and most influential physician organization.

June 9, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Adopts Policy to Define Team-Based Medical Health Care

The AMA voted to adopt policy to define physician-led team-based health care as “the consistent use by a physician of the leadership knowledge, skills and expertise necessary to identify, engage and elicit from each team member the unique set of training, experience and qualifications needed to help patients achieve their goals, and to supervise the application of these skills.”

June 9, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Adopts New Policies to Improve Health of Nation on First Day of Voting at Annual Meeting

The AMA, the premier national physician organization in the country, gathered physician and medical student leaders representing all aspects of medicine during its Annual Meeting and today voted to adopt new policies on emerging health care topics.

June 9, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Calls for Modernizing Birth Certificate Policies

The AMA adopted new policy supporting the elimination of any government requirement that an individual must have undergone surgery in order to change the sex indicated on a birth certificate.

June 9, 2014 - AMA Press Release

Kentucky Physician Named AMA President-elect

Steven J. Stack, M.D., an emergency physician practicing in Lexington, Ky., was named president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest and most influential physician organization.

June 8, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Announces Partnership with YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, Minnesota Physicians to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

The AMA today announced a new partnership with the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities and Minnesota physicians aimed at improving the health of local individuals who have prediabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes.

May 28, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Reminds Physicians to Begin Sunshine Registration Process

Keeping with its continued commitment to fully inform physicians about the implementation of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act), the AMA reminded physicians of the deadline to complete a two-phase process necessary to review their data and dispute any errors with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS).

May 21, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on Proposed Rule Regarding Meaningful Use

"The AMA appreciates the changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) yesterday to make it easier for physicians to achieve Meaningful Use."

May 21, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA to Host Virtual Discussion at the Innovation Health Jam, June 17-19, 2014

The AMA announced details of a virtual brainstorming discussion on potential transformative goals for your physician of the future.

May 2, 2014 - AMA Statement

State Mandates for Physician Participation in Capital Punishment Violate Medical Ethics

"The American Medical Association is troubled by continuous refusal of states to acknowledge the ethical obligations of physicians that strictly prohibit involvement in capital punishment."

April 24, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Supports FDA's Efforts to Regulate E-Cigarettes, Additional Tobacco Products

"The American Medical Association (AMA) supports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new effort to regulate additional tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, and hookahs."

April 16, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA: Physicians Generate $1.6 Trillion in Economic Activity, Support 10 Million Jobs

A new report released by the AMA shows that physicians have a huge influence on national and state economies beyond their role of safeguarding a healthy community and productive workforce.

April 9, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on CMS’ Medicare Data Release

"We believe that the broad data dump today by CMS has significant short-comings regarding the accuracy and value of the medical services rendered by physicians."

April 8, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Guide to Media Reporting on CMS’ Medicare Physician Claims Data

AMA urges 'verification prior to publication'; accurate understanding of Medicare claims data is critical to physicians and patients.

April 8, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Announces Partnership with YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, IU Health Physicians to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

The AMA announced a new partnership with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and the IU Health Physicians Accountable Care Organization aimed at improving the health of local individuals who have prediabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes.

April 7, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA’s Ambitious Initiative to Prepare Medical Students for Health Care Tomorrow Brings Together 11 Medical Schools to the University of Michigan

The American Medical Association (AMA) today convened leaders and faculty from 11 pioneering medical schools from throughout the country in Michigan today as part of its national Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative.

April 7, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on Naloxone Product Approval

The American Medical Association (AMA) applauds the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approving the automatic injector of opioid overdose antidote Naloxone for prescription by physicians.

March 31, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on 17th Sustainable Growth Rate Patch

"The American Medical Association is deeply disappointed by the Senate’s decision to enact a 17th patch to fix the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula."

March 27, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on House Vote to Patch SGR

"The American Medical Association is extremely disappointed in today's House action to give up on SGR repeal."

March 26, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on Pending Vote for Temporary SGR Patch

"Facing another self-imposed deadline, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act,” which would enact the 17th temporary “patch” to avert a 24 percent payment cut. Today, the American Medical Association and other physician groups are calling on House members to vote no on this legislation."

March 19, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Issues Grace Period Guide to Assist Physicians

The AMA announced new resources to guide physicians on navigating a little known rule in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that could pose a significant financial risk for medical practices.

March 14, 2014 - AMA Statement

Time to Move Forward

Just last month, both parties worked in a bicameral process to develop good-faith consensus and were historically close to repealing the dysfunctional payment system and improving healthcare for America’s senior citizens.

March 6, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Honors Government Service, Dedication to Health Care

The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced the four recipients of the 2014 Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service – the highest award for elected officials and government employees from the nation’s largest physician organization.

March 5, 2014 - AMA Press Release

State and National Physician Groups Urge Congress to Fix Medicare Now and Repeal the Flawed Sustainable Growth Rate Formula

The American Medical Association (AMA) is grateful that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to re-evaluate a case in which the federal government is interfering with the ability of state regulatory boards to protect public health and safety.

March 4, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Welcomes High Court Review of Federal Infringement on States’ Powers

The American Medical Association (AMA) is grateful that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to re-evaluate a case in which the federal government is interfering with the ability of state regulatory boards to protect public health and safety.

Feb. 26, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Supports Creation of New GME Accreditation System, Praises Collaboration by Allopathic and Osteopathic Medical Communities

The AMA fully supports the creation of one accreditation system for graduate medical education programs that will now include graduates of both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.

Feb. 24, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Joins Industry Call for Revisions to Meaningful Use Program

The American Medical Association (AMA) has joined the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and 46 of the nation's largest physician and hospital organizations to call for additional time and flexibility in the meaningful use program.

Feb. 24, 2014 - AMA Press Release

American Diabetes Association, YMCA of the USA and American Medical Association Release New Cost Estimate on Federal Savings of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act

The American Diabetes Association and YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), in collaboration with the American Medical Association (AMA), released important new research today examining HR 962/S 452, the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act (MDPA).

Feb. 24, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Congratulates Representative Dingell on his Retirement

The American Medical Association congratulates Representative John Dingell on his retirement and commends him for 56 years of service to the people of Southeast Michigan and the nation as a whole.

Feb. 20, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Pushes To Break SGR Status Quo on Anniversary of First Patch

Today marks the anniversary of the first legislative 'patch' to Medicare's fatally-flawed physician payment formula known as the sustainable growth rate (SGR).

Feb. 19, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Applauds CMS Decision to Conduct End-to-End ICD-10 Testing for Select Providers

As a result of the AMA's advocacy efforts to help alleviate the burdens that physicians will face as a result of the transition to the ICD-10 code set, the federal government agreed today to conduct end-to-end testing on ICD-10 for select providers.

Feb. 12, 2014 - AMA Press Release

ICD-10 Cost Estimates Increased for Most Physicians

The mandated implementation of the ICD-10 code set will be dramatically more expensive for most physician practices than previously estimated.

Feb. 10, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA Pledges Strong Support for Medicare Reforms to Improve Nation’s Health Care for Seniors

Legislation would repeal SGR and modernize health care delivery and payment.

Feb. 6, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Congratulates Senator Baucus on his Confirmation

The American Medical Association congratulates Senator Max Baucus on his unanimous confirmation as the nation's new ambassador to China.

Feb. 6, 2014 - AMA Statement

Critical Step Takes Congress Closer to a SGR Repeal

The American Medical Association congratulates House and Senate negotiators for taking this critical step toward reforming the nation’s Medicare program.

Feb. 5, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Applauds CVS Caremark for Decision to End Sale of Tobacco Products

The AMA applauds CVS Caremark for its decision to discontinue the sale of tobacco products in its stores and put the public’s health first.

Jan. 21, 2014 - AMA Press Release

AMA: Court Should Uphold Provisional Reprieve on Medicare Advantage Terminations

To prevent irreparable harm to patient care, the American Medical Association (AMA) and other medical associations have urged a federal court to uphold a preliminary injunction barring UnitedHealthcare from arbitrarily dropping thousands of Connecticut physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan.

Jan. 17, 2014 - AMA Statement

Surgeon General’s Report on the Consequences of Smoking Reinforces AMA’s Mission to Prevent Diabetes Type 2 and Cardiovascular Disease

In light of the Surgeon General’s report today directly linking smoking to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the American Medical Association is reaffirming its commitment to improving the nation’s health by working to prevent diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular disease.

Jan. 9, 2014 - AMA Statement

AMA Celebrates Historic 50th Anniversary of First Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health; Highlights Continued Commitment to Improving the Nation’s Health

As the AMA celebrates the historic anniversary of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking and health released fifty years ago, we reflect on the tremendous progress that has been made to combat tobacco use in the U.S. and the millions of lives saved since the report was released.